Australian court accepts settlement fine against bid-rigging conspirator

An Australian court has accepted a plea from the country’s antitrust watchdog to impose a low fine on a technology infrastructure provider after it admitted to rigging bids for services at three mining sites.

07 September 2023

Vestager replaced by Reynders

Margrethe Vestager has stepped down as the EU’s antitrust chief, lowering the curtain on a term that saw the European Commission arguably become the world’s most important competition enforcer.

06 September 2023

Poland toughens stance on dawn raid obstructions

Poland’s competition authority has imposed one of its largest-ever fines for obstructing a dawn raid after employees at a pair of companies deleted communications from their work phones ahead of a search.

06 September 2023

EU reveals first DMA gatekeeper designations

Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, ByteDance, Meta and Microsoft have six months to ensure their core platform services comply with the Digital Markets Act now that the European Commission has designated them as gatekeepers under its new regime.

06 September 2023

New Zealand targets fuel price anomalies

Increasing retail fuel prices could indicate a breakdown in competition as they do not appear to be based on differences in costs, New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has said.

06 September 2023

BRG poaches from Brattle Group

Berkeley Research Group has launched new competition practices in Brussels and Paris, headed by Kai-Uwe Kühn and three other economists who have defected from Brattle Group.

05 September 2023

White & Case expands into Spain

White & Case has launched a competition practice in Spain with the takeover of boutique law firm DelaCalle.

05 September 2023

Dutch supermarkets avoid formal probe into franchise agreement

Netherlands’ largest supermarket chain can press on with plans to operate a regional rival as a franchisee, subject to a divestment package to address local competition concerns.

05 September 2023

Germany blesses auto sector collaboration

BMW, Bosch, and other companies in the automotive industry sector can continue to collaborate on plans to modernise wire harnesses, subject to certain tweaks, Germany’s antitrust watchdog has said.

05 September 2023

India fleshes out new merger regime

New draft merger regulations clarifying how India’s competition authority will enforce recently introduced deal notification thresholds are expected to trigger a sharp increase in filings.

05 September 2023

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